On this page you will find FAQ’s related to wood countertops including butcher blocks. The information found here will help you figure out if a wood counter is the unique piece you’re looking for to finish off your kitchen, vanity or bar. Further down the page you will find information about the wood finishes that are offered and production options.
Wood Countertop Finishes and Treatment Options
Our wood products are crafted by skilled and experienced tradesman. All of our wood products are designed for use in kitchens and use finishes that are proven and food safe. Through years of experience our tradesman have identified and produced proprietary finishes and other applications for wood countertops and butcher blocks. Which finish should you use? Typically, the planned use for your countertop will determine the best finish.
Butcher Block Oil – recommended for cutting surfaces
Contains natural mineral oils with a small amount of Vitamin E added to act as a stabilizer. This oil is processed to an optimum viscosity for hydrating wood while not evaporating too quickly. Consistent application on your butcher block or cutting surface will ensure a long-lasting product. Note: butcher block oil provides minimal stain and water resistance.
Butcher Block Conditioner – recommended for cutting surfaces
A proprietary mixture of mineral oils and locally-sourced natural beeswax. It provides similar benefits as the Butcher Block Oil however it adds a stain and water resistant value which significantly extends periods between reapplication.
Permanent Tung Oil – Best for wet areas, sinks. Not recommended for cutting surfaces
The best finish for most countertops. It penetrates below the surface to render a countertop fully waterproof! Best application for wet areas including undermount sinks, integrated drain boards, wood sinks and even wood bathtubs. No maintenance required. Guaranteed to never crack or peel and is highly stain resistant. A food grade finish, suitable for food preparation, however knives will scratch and mark this finish. We recommend using a cutting board with this finish.
A decorative food grade finish that changes the colour of some woods (notably White Oak and Sapele) creating a darker shade by interacting with the natural chemistry of the wood. It is not a wood stain. Therefore it also has some unique attributes. For example, when used on White Oak, the sapwood areas do not transition in color as much as the heartwood, creating a colour variation in the treated countertop. Sapele is more consistent with the wood turning a rich, consistent black color.
A treatment used in two different ways. When torching native Ash, it colours the growth rings, dramatically changing the appearance to be similar to exotic Zebra Wood, yet at a much lower cost. Torching can also be used as a distressing technique to provide a burnt-edge look to most woods.
This refers to the natural wood edge just under the bark, found at the outermost part of the tree. Including this material with your countertop enhances and accentuates the rustic, unrefined look. Live Edge is available on most species of wood.
A treatment used to add the appearance of age to a countertop. Various techniques reproduce the “distressed” look wood achieves rom use over a long period of time.